Scarce No'ed Ca 1937 PAA Pilot Hat Badge 2nd Issue, Type I Owned by R.O.D. Sullivan
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Scarce No'ed Ca 1937 PAA Pilot Hat Badge 2nd Issue, Type I Owned by R.O.D. Sullivan

Code: z99airpw90000c


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Product Description

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ARTIFACT: This is a scarce circa 1930s Pan Am Airways (PAA) numbered pilot hat badge 2nd issue, Type 1, originally belonging to PAA pioneer pilot R. O. D. (Robert Oliver Daniel) Sullivan. Sullivan joined the United States Navy in 1918, functioning as a flight instructor as well as a test pilot, and stayed on as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Navy Reserve even after joining the new Pan American Airways (PAA) in 1929. Sullivan served as 1st Officer on the Clipper that made the historic first trans-Pacific air mail flight in April 1935. Sullivan served with Pan Am for eight years, achieving the rank of Captain. After piloting the first-ever trans-Atlantic Pan Am flight to experience an accident, a distressed Sullivan retired from aviation. Over half of the people on the flight did not survive the crash of the Yankee Clipper near Lisbon, Portugal, including celebrity Jane Froman.

VINTAGE: Circa 1937.

SIZE: Approximately 7/8" in diameter.

MATERIALS / CONSTRUCTION: Badge: enamel and probably 10K gold (large screwback probably obscures content mark).

ATTACHMENT: Single screw post with disc backing, stabilization teeth.

MARKINGS: 1338

ITEM NOTES: This is from an airline collection which we will be listing more of over the next few months. VAJX12 LHEJX11/12 SHEJX1/13

CONDITION: 8 (Excellent-): The badge is in wonderful condition.

GUARANTEE: As with all my artifacts, this piece is guaranteed to be original, as described.